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The Xander Pretorius Spirit Award

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit a 2-page (1000 word) essay to Pace School of Performing Arts detailing why they believe they are a deserving candidate for the Spirit Award - how they embody and practice the collaborative nature of the BA program and demonstrating an understanding of the life and legacy of Xander Pretorius. The application will be reviewed by a committee of BA Acting/Directing and PPA full-time and adjunct faculty.

By submitting the application, the student agrees to:

  • Make himself/herself available to the award ceremony in the spring of their junior year;
  • Write a 1-page (500 word) statement due by the last week of classes in the spring semester of senior year outlining how the funds helped them with their further education and what being granted The Xander Pretorius Spirit Awarded means to them. This statement will be submitted electronically to Associate Professor, Cosmin Chivu (, and Assistant Professor, Adrienne Kapstein (, and will be forwarded to the Pretorius family.